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Educational Studies Ph.D

The Educational Studies program offers graduate students in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education an option for academically rigorous interdisciplinary learning, pragmatically designed to suit their own individual gifts, backgrounds, and goals as educators. The doctoral program in Educational Studies offers practitioners of education professional, as well as others working in various fields, preparation for the professoriate in Educational Studies and other fields of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences, for educational innovation in other fields, or for intellectual and leadership in other educative roles. Distinctively grounded in arts, humanities, and social sciences, the Educational Studies program prepares students to interpret, criticize, and construct educational ideas and arguments. This preparation examines the history of educational thought, institutions, and policies in their cultural and philosophical contexts, all critically grounded in social justice, whether your community or education is locally or globally.

Working initially with an assigned adviser, each doctoral student appoints an advisory committee of four graduate faculty members, chaired by one from Educational Studies, to assist with formation of an individualized doctoral curriculum plan. Educational Studies Ph.D. requirements include core courses in philosophy, history, and sociology of education; a program of coursework that includes both a major emphasis and a minor emphasis as well as specific research tools tailored to each student’s professional purposes and talents; a residency program that includes relevant professional teaching, research, and service activities; a general examination and a dissertation. In lieu of a minor emphasis, a doctoral student may work with an advisory committee co-chair from another field to design a second major emphasis to construct an applied scholarly specialty in Educational Studies (e.g., educational disability studies, bilingual educational studies, philosophy of STEM education, sociology of educational athletics, history of educational psychology, biographical studies of educational leadership, Native American educational studies, etc.). Also, the doctoral program of study may include coursework that meets requirements for a graduate certificate offered by another academic unit (e.g., for principals or superintendents, or in Women’s & Gender Studies), to sharpen the focus of a student’s Educational Studies scholarship.

Most Educational Studies graduate students work professionally as teachers, professors, community educators, and educational administrators—and engage in scholarly self-examination of such work—while pursuing the M.Ed. and Ph.D. A monthly colloquium brings Educational Studies graduate students and faculty together informally for discussion of challenging issues and readings as a professional community of learning and inquiry led by students or invited speakers. Graduate students in Educational Studies practice statewide stewardship of the field and participate in professional development activities through the Oklahoma Educational Studies Association, for which they also provide democratic leadership. All are encouraged also to become professionally active as scholars in OESA’s national sponsor-organization, the American Educational Studies Association, as well as in other relevant groups, such as the History of Education Society, International Standing Conference on the History of Education (ISCHE), Philosophy of Education Society, Association for Moral Education,  Society of Philosophy & History of Education, International Society of Educational Biography, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education, and Gender and Education Association